Faux willow pattern china beads made from another one of my free printable designs available on this website.

As you may know, I have been making some of my free printable designs available to my YouTube viewers.

Most people worldwide are confined to home at the moment and many may not be finding it easy to get hold of craft supplies.

So that is why I have been trying to think of tutorials using stuff from around the house, such as kitchen towel, like I used in this tutorial to make the bracelet below.

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The bracelet I made using kitchen towel

This week I have been working on some new free printable designs but then I thought of one I designed a few years back.

I will be making the new one available as time goes on but for my YouTube tutorial this week, I have made this pretty faux willow pattern china bead bracelet.

This is the design I use in my face to face workshops with people who are new to making paper beads.

Faux china beads with a willow pattern look.

As with my other free printable designs, my YouTube viewers can download the template for this and follow the tutorial to make this bracelet.

My finished bracelet

All you have to do to get access to the download is watch the video here on YouTube and listen for the password. It is different to last weeks password because it is on a different page. Once you have the password, click here to go to the download page for that design and use the password. Simple!

What if you don’t have all the other things I used to make my bracelet?

As long as you have a printer, a paper shredder (or scissors and a ruler) a bamboo skewer or toothpick and a glue stick, you can make these beads.

If you don’t have the tiny silver beads, craft eyelets or elastic, you can roll lots of beads and then make your bracelets when the craft stores are open again.

I’m not sure if US viewers are able to order on Amazon at the moment but here in the UK we are.

So I will be stocking my Amazon shops for the other things you need in case you are able to order right now.

My Amazon shops are here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

My Amazon affiliate statement

And what if you don’t have a bead rolling tool?

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The bead tools I manufacture and sell online

https://folksy.com/shops/PaperBeadToolsAndSuppliesUK

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ImagesForCrafts

Ideally, you will have a bead rolling tool such as the 3mm one you see above.

However, if you don’t have a tool – don’t panic!

In a couple of my previous tutorials, I have given you ideas on how to make paper beads without a tool.

Click the links below to see my other ideas for making paper beads without a bead tool.

https://youtu.be/yrRF8DEvX3c

https://youtu.be/8oQlNGIua-Q

This week in my YouTube tutorial, I bring you a third idea and show you how to make a simple homemade paper bead rolling tool that is good enough.

The homemade bead tool is a return to the 70s for me when I was making paper beads this way using cocktail sticks (toothpicks).

This method is fine for making paper beads when you can’t get a proper paper bead tool.

I developed the paper bead rolling tool that I sell online for people who are making lots of beads all the time and need something that is quick and easy to use.

But if you aren’t rolling hundreds of beads, my homemade version will be fine for you.

Have fun everyone and I hope you are enjoying my free printable downloads as much as I enjoy creating them – see you next time with my next tutorial and maybe some more free printable designs!

This is what you can make using my latest designer template for paper beads.
For a short while, you will find the template on my free printables page but grab it quickly as it will soon be in my Etsy shop where you will have to pay for it.

Just a very quick post to go with my latest YouTube video which is about how to make this pretty, colorful bracelet from paper beads.

Paper Beads are ‘my thing’ and for many years I have been manufacturing and selling tools and templates to make it easier to make lots of paper beads.

But while this current crisis is still keeping us in our homes, I am devising ways for people to make paper beads without a bead rolling tool.

That’s in case you can’t get hold of one right now.

My latest video shows the second way I have found to do this, the first way can be seen here.

And to help out those who are new to paper beads, I have made a new designer template for you.

All you need to do is download it and print it out on thin glossy paper.

You don’t need to varnish the paper beads if you print onto glossy paper.

For a limited time, I am offering the template free on this website on my free downloads page. (Password needed, see below)

However, there is a catch!

You will have to go over to my YouTube channel and watch my tutorial on how to use it, to get the password for that page. You will see the password somewhere in the tutorial.

Sorry this is a very brief post – I am late publishing tonight!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment on over on my channel.

Have fun with your paper beads and see you next week!

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You can make a very robust leather-look bracelet from a sheet of A4 card.

Cardstock bracelet? Really? Yes!

A cardstock bracelet isn’t so much of a crazy idea once you’ve watched my video on how to do it.

A sheet of A4 card is not the first material you would think of if you wanted to make a durable bracelet.

However, that is exactly what I set out to do when I made my most recent YouTube tutorial.

While we are all kept confined in our own homes, many people are turning to craft to pass the time away, some, probably for the first time.

So my goal in making a cardstock bracelet was to use a material that lots of people may have at home already.

In the UK, almost all of our craft outlets are closed because they are considered non-essential stores. I find that strange since Off Licences (liquor stores) are considered essential and are open.

The only place where we can get craft supplies, that I know of, is The Range because some, if not all their stores, now have Iceland food store inside and so can remain open.

Not sure what the situation is across the rest of the world with craft store closures but I’m guessing it’s pretty much the same as here in the UK.

cardstock braceelets

Gone are the days when we could wander around craft stores at our leisure, buying up half the store 😍

But there is still Amazon, at the moment.

So if you want to make a cardstock bracelet but don’t have the things you need, Amazon is a good place to start.

I have updated my Amazon stores to include the things you need to make this bracelet if you really can’t adapt this method to what you have to hand.

Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

Amazon Affiliate Statement

If you browse through all the craft items in my stores, you will find mostly everything I use in my videos.

I have still been managing to get my craft items through Amazon UK. It does take a little longer now but not too much.

In my YouTube tutorial, I use items such as a metal ruler and a bead rolling tool but you could easily adapt this method and still make the cardstock bracelet without those things.

When it comes to varnish, I suggest using clear nail polish if you don’t have something like Anita’s Clear Gloss or Triple Thick.

In the video, I also use the paper bead rolling tool that I designed and sell online.

cardstock bracelet

But if you check out the YT link in this post you will see my idea for making paper beads without a tool.

UK customers can check out my Folksy shop and find the tool there too if you still want it.

The two Crafting In A Crisis projects I have completed. Check out my previous post for details of the top bracelet.

And finally, as Garry, my husband is currently on furlough, he is now amusing himself with making things out of wood.

His usual work is very physical and so it’s good to see him busy chopping, sawing and designing.

So who knows, maybe he will have his own page on here soon!

Hope you enjoy the cardstock bracelet tutorial – let me know in the comments under the video on Youtube.

Paper beads are a great way to keep on crafting when you can’t get out to buy supplies.

There is no doubt we are living in the most difficult times that most of us born since the last World War can remember.

The video clip below was shot yesterday in a town near where I live. I was forced to go out to deal with an urgent banking issue and had to venture into town.

It would normally be packed with people just before lunchtime on a Friday but this was the scene that met me – very eerie.

We are all living in very worrying times, times that many people are finding extremely hard to deal with on many levels.

What should have been a busy UK town centre has been reduced to a ghost town.

Crafting is one way to try and stay occupied and keep our minds off this awful situation that worrying will not change.

So I have been trying to think of ways people can craft if they don’t have everything they need.

One of the projects I came up with is making paper beads without a bead rolling tool.

As you may know, I designed a paper bead rolling tool many years ago and have been selling it online and at my classes for a long time.

My tools and templates do make paper bead making much easier, if you are in a position to get them now.

Uk readers can get my paper bead supplies here.

US readers can get them here.

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The paper bead tools and templates I manufacture and sell online.

But what if you don’t have the tool for rolling paper beads?

And what if you are in a situation where you can’t get one now?

Can you still make paper beads? The answer is a resounding YES!

If you want to make paper beads but you don’t have the tools or paper to make them, watch my YouTube tutorial.

You will be surprised at how easy it is to make paper beads with two household items you probably already have.

And if you don’t have a template, you can still measure out long triangles on the paper and cut them out. Where there is a will there is a way!

You will be surprised at how I made these beads! You can easily make them too wth no bead rolling tool.

Our main craft stores in the UK are closed as they are not considered essential.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

Amazon Affiliate statement

I’m not sure I understand the thinking behind that, especially as stores selling alcohol, (or Off Licences, as they are called in the UK), are.

It’s a very strange situation when, during a national crisis with most people like prisoners in their own homes, alcohol is considered more important than the very art and craft supplies that could keep people from going quietly mad in isolation.

Escapism through art/craft is much healthier than using alcohol.

I just don’t get it.

Keep busy everyone – crafting is a great form of meditation because it helps us forget the world for a few hours.

Hope you find my paper beads YouTube video useful in developing ideas for crafting without many supplies – see you next week.

Tissue paper light shades are quite simple to make and you don’t need lots of expensive supplies.

Tissue paper light shades are only for use with battery operated tealights or battery operated candles – they must never be used with naked flames.

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Some of my easy to make tissue paper light shades
Please note these tissue paper light shades are for battery tealights only. Never use them with a naked flame.

You can find the full tutorial on how to make your own tissue paper light shades on my YouTube Channel.

All you need is coloured tissue paper and lots of white glue. The trick is being able to cover the sheets of tissue with PVA glue without losing your patience!

In the tutorial, I show you two easy ways to do that without using too many swear words.🤪

When I was making my tissue paper light shades, even I had a couple of teeny problems.

It wasn’t all plain sailing – these are two failed tissue paper light shades.

The hardest part of making these shades is getting the glue onto the delicate tissue evenly and then drying it without it all sticking to itself or to the drying surface.

You will see my easy methods in the video.

You can see by the above screwed up pieces of tissue – I had two mess up on me. I use waxed paper taped down to a glass cutting mat as a base on which to work and then I just let the sheets dry right on there.

But even then I had to keep moving the sheets around a little throughout the drying time to stop the tissue from sticking in places.

Once you see the basic technique for making tissue paper light shades, you can start exploring ways to decorate them using your own ideas.

For these purple ones I used some round gold cord I had. I sandwiched it in between the sheets of tissue.

I used lace strips for another one and fancy wool on a third.

But you could do stamping or doodling on the tissue with Sharpies before you put glue on.

When you put battery operated tea-lights or candles inside these lanterns it gives you room a cosy glow. NEVER use naked flames in them.

Hope you have fun making lots of lovely lights to brighten up these strange times we are all living through.

If you aren’t sure where to get any of the supplies and tools you see me use in my video, do check out my Amazon storefronts by clicking one of the two Amazon links below.

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

My Amazon Affiliate statement

If you made these tissue paper light shades, let me know how you got on by leaving me a comment on my YouTube channel.

Fun With Fabrics

Fun with fabrics is not a thing I ever thought I would be writing about on my website! Just ask my needlework teacher from school days🥴

Although I am into many different arts and crafts, fun with fabrics has never really been a part of my arty crafty repertoire.

I’m all about paint, glue, paper, pastels, inks – anything that makes a mess really 😆.

However, that all changed when I attended a class recently to learn how to make Art Quilts – now, I am truly hooked.

My very first art quilt made with tutor Anne Robson at Studio 2, Wooden Roots, Rendlesham UK

Having fun with fabric in an arty way is something I had never really considered until Anne Robson’s class came up at Wooden Roots.

But more about that in a later post when I hope to have finished a couple of Art Quilts made from my own paintings (which I have transferred to fabric).

I know lots of people wonder how they can do this, so I will be sharing with you how I have managed to print my own designs onto cotton and how you can do it too.

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One of my pastel images printed onto cotton fabric ready to make an art quilt.

The possibilities for fabric art are endless when you start to dream up ideas of your own.

Until I discovered the arty possibilities of having fun with fabrics (when I took Anne’s four week course), I had always been envious of people who could sew really well, but didn’t think it was for me.

But last year, one of my YouTube viewers sent me a beautiful gift that she had sewn herself and, I did start getting a little curious about crafty possibilities with fabrics.

Leslie Gilbert is one of the 9.5 thousand subscribers over on my YouTube channel Rainbow Lane.

First she sent me a cute little Mug Mat and then, she very kindly made me some bunting with my channel name on.

Rainbow Lane Bunting sent to me by Lesley Gilbert
This mug mat may just have saved my wooden table from more mug rings!

Lesley is no stanger to fabric art.

After she sent me these beautiful gifts, I learned that she makes all sorts of things:- mug mats, gorgeous quilts, taggy blankets and amazing fidget lap quilts for people living with dementia.

Take a look at some of Lesley’s beautiful work in the slideshow below.

As you can see, her work is very neat, bright and colourful.

I absolutely love the personalised taggy blankets; I believe these ones were orders that Lesley had completed.

And the fidget lap quilts/muffs are a brilliant idea for those living with the effects of Alzheimers/Dementia.

Thanks to Lesley’s kindness in making me such a lovely gift (which I will be showing on my YouTube channel very soon), I did start to get the glimmer of an interest in sewing.

So when I saw the Art Quilting course that Anne Robson was teaching, I was way more open to having a go than perhaps I would have been and, I booked myself onto her course.

Although I am a very clumsy and inept seamstress – no, really I am! – I am enjoying adapting what I learned with Anne to present my art in a very different way.

It’s making me think differently about what I am creating and I’m loving it.

Anne and her helpers getting everything ready for the class.

As I said earlier, I am currently practicing the sewing skills I learnt in Studio 2 at Wooden Roots, Rendlesham, here in the UK.

I won’t be sharing the actual methods we were taught for making the quilts because that is something Anne has developed in her own style and is the best person to teach it. Besides, I will be learning this art for a very long time to come!

However, I will be sharing with you the trials I have had with my sewing machine and what I am doing to overcome them.

These are the two Art Quilts I am working on at the moment.

What you see below is a very different use of what I was taught on the course – for example, you will notice there is no layering of fabrics.

I’m not quite ready to start layering at home with no tutor on hand! So I am using my own printed art work as one whole piece to begin with and I will quilt the lines I have drawn.

Cheating? Maybe. Will it be as effective? No – it will be a completely different look. And it might turn out to be terrible! I’ll show you how it turns out – even if it turns out badly – I promise!

I have already had problems with what I want to do but think I have found the answer – so I hopefully, (finger’s crossed!) I will be back here with my results in a week, month, yearwhenever! But I will be back 👀 🤞

My artwork printed onto cotton and ready to start quilting.
Another one of my pastel abstracts printed and ready to be qulited.

Meanwhile, my fun with fabrics will continue in another of Anne’s classes.

She is teaching a 3 hour workshop on February 29th near Woodbridge in Suffolk, on how to make a tote bag.

Fancy learning to make one of these?

We will be supplied with the ready cut fabric in a choice of vibrant and exotic fabrics and given step-by-step tution in how to make a fully lined bag.

And as with all Anne’s classes, it will be a fun and sociable affair 😍

If you are local to Suffolk, click here for booking details.

Check back here in a couple of weeks to see how I got on with the tote bag class and hopefully, my two art quilts will be finished too.

And I would love to hear from anyone who is dabbling in the world of fabrics and making art – so if you are having fun with fabrics, drop me a comment below and tell me what you are doing – see you again soon!

Craft classes in Suffolk – if you want to come and learn something new this year and you live in Suffolk, UK – Studio 2 at Wooden Roots will have something for you.

Learn to make beautiful hand decorated and handbound art/writing/photo journals.

From handmade journal making to flower therapy, lino printing, landscape quilting (Artistic Endeavours With Anne) and tote bag making, to drawing for the terrified – Studio 2 holds a wide variety of exciting and original art and craft classes.

This is a brief glimpse of my handmade journal class.

If you are in Suffolk and wanting to meet friendly people while learning a new arty crafty skill – check out these classes by clicking on the links above.

You will be taken to the booking page for the class you want to explore.

You will find a very friendly bunch of people at Studio 2, along with the added bonus of hearing what goes on in Studio 1!

Studio 1 at Wooden Roots is the domain of world renowned Master Djembe drum builder Marcus Brown.

Marcus Brown of Wooden Roots, Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham.

So if learning to drum is on your bucket list alongside learning new crafts, Wooden Roots is waiting for your call! You can find a list of upcoming classes and workshops here.

Fake YouTube Emails have been circulating for a long time, warning YouTubers that their channels are about to be suspended if they do not take the action dictated by the potential hackers.

After receiving a large number of such emails over the past year or so, I have made a quick video showing what the emails look like, how you can tell they are fake and what you should do if you get one.

This is typically what the fake YouTube emails say:

With the aim of increasing easy intelligibility and transparency, We are updating our Terms of service for YouTube channels that are open to making money. Please accept our new terms of service by clicking on the link below. Otherwise, the monetization feature of your YouTube channel will be disabled within 24 hours. The new terms of service apply to people with monetization enabled. Thank you for being part of the YouTube community.

This is followed by a clickable link saying ‘click for details’.

Here is another typical message:

We’ve received a complaint that your channel has lots of spam videos. Please check and edit the spam videos we have marked by clicking on the link below. Otherwise, if you don’t edit spam videos on your channel, your channel will close in 24 hours. Thank you for your patience in this process.

This also comes with a clickable link which, if clicked will surely take you down a rabbit hole from which you will not escape with your YouTube channel intact.

Fake YouTube Emails depend on your kneejerk reaction in order for them to work for the hackers.

Us YouTubers put a huge amount of work into our channels and naturally, getting a message warning us they will be shut down within 24 hours if we don’t click the link and follow the instructions is going to cause a sense of panic.

Don’t be fooled into parting with your channel by cyber criminals

Even YouTubers who sense that these messages could be one of the dreaded fake YouTube emails are tempted to click on the link ‘just in case’.

Don’t do it. Watch my video and other videos on YouTube from other channel owners like me, who have had these emails.

I apologise for this not being a craft post but hopefully it will help someone not fall prey to all the fake YouTube emails currently doing the rounds.